Irish Heritage and Dromoland Castle – 8 days / 7 nights

 

<big>Irish Heritage Tour</big>

 

This Irish Heritage Escorted Coach Tour is 8 Days / 7 Nights

Highlights: Irish Heritage
Cliffs of Moher
Cobh Heritage Centre
Glasnevin Museum
House of Waterford Crystal
King John’s Castle
Ring of Kerry Tour
Skellig Experience

Hotels:
Deluxe & Superior First Class
Limerick Strand Hotel, Limerick (1 night)
The Brehon Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
Dromoland Castle , Clare (1 night)

 

Tour Includes:
Full daily breakfast (except Day 1)
All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
Five dinners including a lively medieval castle banquet, Killeen House Restaurant in Killarney,
and dinner and traditional show at Merry Ploughboy Pub.
Welcome get-together drink with your group
Free Wi-Fi on coaches so you can stay connected along the way
Documents wallet and backpack to keep you organized
All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person

 

<big>Tour Pricing</big>  

 

Mon Mar 11, 2019 Mon Mar 18, 2019 €1755
Mon Apr 8, 2019 Mon Apr 15, 2019 €1870
Mon Apr 29, 2019 Mon May 6, 2019 €2280
Mon May 6, 2019 Mon May 13, 2019 €2055
Mon May 20, 2019 Mon May 27, 2019 €2205
Mon May 27, 2019 Mon Jun 3, 2019 €2505
Mon Jun 10, 2019 Mon Jun 17, 2019 €2245
Mon Jun 24, 2019 Mon Jul 1, 2019 €2545
Mon Jul 1, 2019 Mon Jul 8, 2019 €2245
Mon Jul 15, 2019 Mon Jul 22, 2019 €2205
Mon Jul 29, 2019 Mon Aug 5, 2019 €2545
Mon Aug 5, 2019 Mon Aug 12, 2019 €2245
Mon Aug 19, 2019 Mon Aug 26, 2019 €2245
Mon Aug 26, 2019 Mon Sep 2, 2019 €2545
Mon Sep 9, 2019 Mon Sep 16, 2019 €2205
Mon Sep 30, 2019 Mon Oct 7, 2019 €2095
Mon Oct 7, 2019 Mon Oct 14, 2019 €1830
Mon Oct 14, 2019 Mon Oct 21, 2019 €2130

 

<big>Tour Itinerary</big>  

 
*All prices are per person. Single Supplements apply.

Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1: Limerick & Medieval Castle Banquet
Tour begins 2:00 PM at the Limerick hotel. Following a short trip around Limerick, you’ll step back in time at King John’s Castle. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Limerick with costumed guides and touchscreen technology. Then join your group for a welcome drink before heading to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle where you’ll dine with lords and ladies at a medieval-style banquet.
(D)

Day 2: Cliffs of Moher & Jaunting Car Ride
Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cliffs of Moher – soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Relax on the ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary, and travel along the river shore to Foynes. Visit the Flying Boat & Maritime Museum and see how these great machines changed the world of travel. Discover the story behind Irish coffee and sample this authentic warming drink. Head to Killarney National Park where you’ll view Ross Castle from a traditional jaunting car ride. Later, enjoy free time before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 3: Ring of Kerry Tour & Sheepdog Trials
Embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive, the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of stops to capture photos of Ireland’s natural beauty. Cross to Valentia Island to visit Skellig Experience, where you’ll learn about the offshore island of Skellig Michael, home of early Christian monks and the filming of scenes from the film “Star Wars VII.” Passing through Waterville and the village of Sneem, stop at Moll’s Gap for views of the mountainous Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. Experience farm life at a nearby farm and watch specially trained dogs herding sheep. Return to Killarney for dinner at the award-winning Rozzers Restaurant at The Killeen House.
(B, D)

Day 4: Blarney Castle & Cobh Heritage Centre
Visit the famous Blarney Castle and kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the lovely parklands and gardens. Treat yourself to quality Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to the Cobh Heritage Centre where you can trace your ancestors, learn more about the ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania, or immerse yourself in the history of Irish emigrants. Relax as you follow the coastal route to Waterford. In the evening take a gentle walk with a local historian who will reveal Waterford’s Viking and medieval past.
(B, D)

Day 5: Waterford Crystal & 6th Century Glendalough
Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Travel through the scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations. There you’ll explore the remains of one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Continue on to an elegant Victorian mansion overlooking Dublin Bay and Dun Laoghaire Harbour – your hotel for the night. Dine on Irish specialties at the Merry Ploughboy Pub while enjoying a lively show of traditional Irish songs and step-dancing.
(B, D)

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing Tour & Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Take a morning guided tour of Dublin. Highlights include elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly painted doors, the River Liffey, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, and Ireland’s national cemetery which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore and dine on your own. Use your independent open-top bus tour voucher to visit one of the featured attractions.
(B)

Day 7: Dromoland Castle Hotel
Visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud, where you’ll see immaculately bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals, and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Travel to the imposing and deluxe Dromoland Castle Hotel. Relax in the elegant surroundings of this wonderful fairytale castle. Savor a delicious farewell dinner in the oak-paneled dining room – a fitting way to spend the last evening of your Irish tour.
(B, D)

Day 8: Tour Ends At Dromoland
Your tour ends after breakfast. Depart from Shannon Airport
(B)

B: Breakfast; D: Dinner

 

 

<big>Tour  Highlights</big>

 

Cliffs of Moher  Cliffs of Moher

One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extend for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara. The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.

Cobh Heritage Centre cobhlarge3

From 1848 to 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland – over 2.5 million departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration. See ”coffin ships” as well as other vessels, including the Titanic, that stopped in Cobh.

 

Glasnevin Museum Glasnevin Museum

This is the world’s first cemetery museum. A guided tour gives a valuable insight into this unique Victorian burial place and into the final resting place of the men and women who have helped shape Ireland’s past and present.

House of Waterford Crystal waterford Crystal

Tour this working factory to see all stages of production from craftspeople forming molten glass to the intricate cutting and polishing. At the end of the tour view magnificent trophies and the opulent retail store housing the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world.

King Johns Castle King John's Castle

King John’s Castle is situated in the heart of medieval Limerick City, overlooking the majestic River Shannon. It was built between 1200 and 1210 and was repaired and extended many times in the following centuries. The interpretative center contains an imaginative historical exhibition which tells the story of the Castle.

Ring of Kerry Tour  Ring of Kerry

One of Ireland’s most popular circular drives around the Iveragh Peninsula, starting and ending in Killarney. The 100-mile route of ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline combined with varying weather conditions ensures splendid views.

 

Skellig Experience Skellig Islands

You can experience many aspects of those offshore Skellig islands while remaining on the dry land, in a custom built, stone clad, grass roofed, prize winning building located right on the waterfront beside the Valentia Island bridge at Valentia, County Kerry!